We had a great weekend at The Curragh and it was special to train our 1,000th winner there at our local track on Sunday, when Platinum Warrior ran out an impressive winner of the Gallinule Stakes Group 3.
Martin Murphy from HRI told me not that long ago, that we were getting close to 1,000 winners and he had to manually check the records, so great credit is due to Martin.
All of my family were there on Sunday which made the day extra special and I was delighted that Shane Foley rode the horse for us, as he has played a huge role here over the years.
Shane had a super weekend, winning the 2,000 Guineas the previous afternoon on Romanised for Ken Condon.
Platinum Warrior (S Foley) is owned by Zhang Yuesheng and he is a very important client so it was a great result all round and the horse heads back to The Curragh for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Michael Donohoe from the BBA, who buys all the horses, looks after his interests in Ireland and plays a major role in attracting overseas owners into the country.
We capped a very good day, when Saltonstall (W Buick) won the mile premier handicap and in so doing, booked his place for a crack at The Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. He is a lightly raced horse and he handles that fast ground well. The straight mile at Ascot should be fine for him and there is hopefully more to come from him.
We run both Ahlan Bil Zain (C O’Donoghue) and Yamato (S Foley) in the mile handicap at Gowran later today.
Yamato is a grand horse and he’ll appreciate the fast ground and he has been given a little chance by the handicapper and goes there with his chance.
He has a good draw as does Ahlan Bil Zain who has been running over hurdles, but he has looked a non-stayer, so we’ll try him on the flat today. He has a high enough mark, but he has been working well and has a kind draw and he should give a good account of himself.
I also run Intermedia (C O’Donoghue) in the 7 furlong fillies maiden. She goes well and we like her and she will be all the better for today’s run and I’d expect her to be able to win her maiden. This looks a nice race to start her off in and I’ve been happy with her and I’d be hopeful that she’ll run a nice race.
Tomorrow at Fairyhouse, we run Lethal Turbo (C O’Donoghue) in the six furlong two year old maiden. I was disappointed with his run at The Curragh, but that was on very bad ground and that effort is best ignored.
I expect to see a different horse tomorrow as he was green the last day and he is a good bit better than that form would suggest, but he has to overcome an ordinary enough draw in 9.
We run two in the fillies maiden and Kodianne (C Hoban) disappointed on bad ground at The Curragh on her first start and I’d expect a better performance on quicker ground.
We run Roman Gal (C O’Donoghue) in the same race. She had a nice first run, but she was a bit disappointing the last day and she is better than that. I like her and she has gotten good and strong over the winter. She has been pleasing us in her work and looks to be coming back to herself.
Both have been drawn out wide, but there are only 12 runners so they will hopefully be able to overcome that.
We might run Cockalorum in the mile maiden at Listowel on Sunday. He has plenty of nice form and he’ll appreciate the likely fast ground.